From the Indian influence dominant in curry dishes to the native inhabitants jerk-spice creation, the array of sumptuous dishes found across Jamaica directly reflect the diverse cultures found across the island.
Whether you’re visiting a roadside shack or a high-class restaurant, jerk chicken is sure to be on the menu. You’ll find plenty of other traditional offerings from curried goat, patties, rice and peas and fried plantain, all flavoured with spices such as ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
The national dish is ackee and saltfish and is popular to eat for breakfast or as a snack during the day. The saltfish is usually dried cod which is soaked in water before cooking in one pot with the ackee fruit, onions, sweet and hot peppers and fresh tomatoes.
Surrounded by the warm and transparent Caribbean Sea, seafood is also plentiful with jackfish, red snapper and lobsters as regular catches.
Red Stripe and rum punch frequent almost every bar, and you’ll find fresh coconut water served straight from the nut as you lounge along the beach. Freshly-made ginger beer is another favourite with the locals and the coffee comes straight from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain range.